TITO PUENTE JR. ORCHESTRA

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Monday 11th March - Wednesday 13th March
Dates: Monday 11th March - Wednesday 13th March

Ticket Prices: £25.00 - £40.00

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Monday 11th March
- Wednesday 13th March

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18:00

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Fiery Afro-Cuban beats and smoking Latin jazz from New York born Tito Puente Jr, leading his own highly charged Orchestra in the grand tradition of his legendary timbale playing father, Tito Puente. Expect joyous, danceable, classic salsa driven by powerful rhythms and sparkling solos all delivered with the panache and virtuoso flair of Puente’s greatest bands as his son honours one of Latin Jazz’s greatest legacies. Expect all of Puente Seniors great hits including the all time classic Oye Como Va as made world famous by Santana.

Tito Puente, Jr.Timbales, Marlow Rosado: Piano, Daniel Pena: Conga, Gamalier Reyes: Bongo & Vocals, Luis Rodriguez: Bass, Eikel Venegas Hernandez - trumpet, Joseph Adam Carter  - trumpet, Landy Diaz Casanueva – trombone, Marcelo Andrade – saxes

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Click Above For Tito Jr's father's classic 'Oye Como Va', guaranteed to get an airing by Tito Jr and his orchestra!

 

The comparison is inevitable. How could it be otherwise? Tito Puente Jr. carries his father with him - imprinted on his physical being and locked in his soul. It's in his looks, his joy, his music. No doubt, every time Tito Jr. walks on stage - he walks in his father's footsteps.

He dances in celebration, throws his head back in pure joy and lights up the room with that oh-so-familiar smile. Tito Jr. is on a passionate mission. The younger Puente is determined to nurture the musical legacy left by his father. He refuses to let it become a distant memory; "He was just too vibrant, too exciting. There was magic in the music my father made. It made people happy, all over the world. My goal is to keep it alive, and in doing so, expose it to a whole new generation."

Over the past two years, Tito Jr. has found captive audiences who echo his passion. Crowds once lured to a venue by the father's magic have returned to enjoy the son -- participating once again in the high voltage celebration that takes place on stage.

Tito Puente, Jr. has become a favorite entertainer in casinos, performing arts centers and jazz festivals nationwide. He was the premiere act opening The Latin Quarter of the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, and the demand for tickets kept him there for ten weeks. He's played to sell out audiences at numerous Harrah's Resort Casinos, including Rincon in San Diego, Ak-Chin in Phoenix and the Rio in Las Vegas.

While not totally jazz in his delivery, Tito Jr. has wowed the jazz festivals faithful across the country, among them the New Haven Jazz Festival, Houston Jazz Festival, Harlem Jazz Festival, and the Atlanta Jazz Festival. Tito, Jr. has appeared as a guest of the Dallas Symphony Pops, and will join the San Antonio Symphony for 3 concerts in their upcoming season.

In performing arts venues from the Kravis Center in Florida to Popejoy Hall in New Mexico, as well as outdoor concert events such as El Paso's "Music Under the Stars" or Los Angeles' Ford Amphitheater, rhythms ignite and Afro-Cuban beats fire up audiences, crossing cultures and generations.

A favorite performer of many corporations, Tito, Jr. has headlined events for clients such as Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Southern Wine & Spirits and Cook Pharmaceuticals. His role as spokesperson for the Perry Ellis/JC Penny "Havanera" clothing line has taken him on promotional appearances all across the country.

In the spirit of giving back, Tito, Jr. has participated in 2 USO Tours during the past 18 months, visiting and performing for troops in Japan, Korea, Spain, and Italy. His appearances at fundraising events for causes including the Jerry Lewis MD Telethon and Toys for Tots help generate thousands of dollars annually.

It was only fitting that Tito's tribute to his father's music was seen on NBC's two hour special -- "The Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem," One of the most prominent photos inside the venerable Apollo Theatre is that of "Tito Puente - El Rey de Timbales," where Tito played frequently. Tito Jr. was also seen recently on the highly rated ABC-TV daytime drama "One Life to Live" in performance with his big band.

His latest CD, "In My Father's Shoes," featuring the classic Puente favorites, was spun off into a television special tribute by BET Jazz.

Tito Jr. reveres the magnificent, lasting impact his father had on our musical lives. Audiences the world over agree there is nothing so perfect, pure or passionate than a tribute to a father from his son. "People who don't know anything about Latin music know my father and people always, always smile when they say his name," he confides. That is a very special gift, and it inspires and motivates me to bring his music to the world."

Supporting Artist/Band

Support: Gareth Williams Power Trio

Gareth Williams (piano), Laurence Cottle (bass), Ian Thomas (drums)

One of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting performers on the UK scene, Gareth Williams has been receiving increasing critical and public acclaim since becoming a professional musician in the early 90s.
Described as “jewel of a player... spinning out luminous introductions and codas” by Jazziz Magazine (USA), he has dazzled audiences not only by his virtuoso approach to the piano, but also by his multi-instrumentalist talents on guitar and vocals.
Born in 1968 into a highly musical family, Gareth took up the piano at the age of five. He turned professional after graduating in English Literature from Cambridge University in 1990 and went on to study music at London’s Guildhall, initially on guitar, later switching to piano. It is mainly as a pianist that Gareth has earned a glowing reputation both in the UK and abroad over the past few years, but his singing and guitar playing have gained increased recognition in their own right. An electrifying performer, he has been described as “…a fantastic improviser” by John Fordham in The Guardian and “If you’ve seen Williams perform, you’ll know that he’s the embodiment of creative energy, a physical player who gets wrapped up in his work, with a keyboard command that’s both impressive and well-directed” by Peter Vacher in Jazzwise.
His first major professional engagement was as keyboard player/MD for jazz hip-hop band Us3 (whose most celebrated hit was ‘Cantaloop’). He performed with the band on a world tour in 1993 and appears on their album ‘Broadway & 52nd’ (Blue Note).
Gareth has since worked as pianist/MD for internationally acclaimed jazz singer Claire Martin (several times winner of the British Jazz Singer of the Year awards) and has also been involved in arranging her music, writing original compositions for her band, singing and playing guitar. He has worked with many international jazz greats, including Art Farmer, George Coleman, Bud Shank, James Moody and Dave Liebman, plus top British musicians such as Jim Mullen, Martin Taylor, Martin Drew, Tommy Smith, Tim Garland, Clark Tracey, Gwyneth Herbert and Iain Ballamy.
As bandleader, he formed the Gareth Williams Trio in 1995, featuring Gareth on piano, guitar and vocals, Dave Green on double bass and Tristan Mailliot on drums. The trio released their debut album ‘THREE’ (Jazz House), recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s in 2001.
In 2005 Gareth showcased a new BBC Radio 3 commission, Poems from the 20th Century, written for iconic British vocalist Norma Winstone.
Gareth is also a member of Iain Ballamy’s Anorak, featuring Steve Watts on bass and Martin France on drums.  He has appeared on the band’s album “More Jazz”.
Gareth’s latest project is The Gareth Williams Power Trio, featuring Laurence Cottle on electric bass and Ian Thomas on drums. The Power Trio released ‘Shock!’ (Linn Records) to great critical acclaim in March 2009. The album features twelve original compositions and a blistering interpretation of John Coltrane’s ‘Giant Steps’. ‘Williams is a hugely gifted pianist, with an apparently endless fund of ideas, plus the detachment to organize them into coherent shapes’. Dave Gelly, The Observer. ‘A prodigiously talented pianist… a joyous, uncompromising celebration of sophistication, musicality, muscularity, it’s shockingly good’. Mojo Magazine. ’The wow factor in Gareth Williams’ all-Welsh trio comes from projecting controlled, inner power into the music… Altogether a triumph of Welsh wizardry. 5 stars’ Garry Booth, BBC Music Magazine.

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Dates: Monday 11th March - Wednesday 13th March

Ticket Prices: £25.00 - £40.00

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